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European Silver Medallion with a Rider Killing a Chimera (Bellerophon?), Migration Period, 5th-7th Century AD

The medallion is surrounded by a stylized laurel wreath interspersed with flowers and shells. The center is occupied by a horseman galloping from left to right. He is armed with a spear that he points at the open mouth of a chimera. He wears a long tunic and a cloak floating behind his shoulder. The harness of the animal is rich and composed of pendants (croup and chest), as well as of a blanket, the edge of which copies the dotted pattern of the lower tunic of the rider. The chimera (a mythological creature with body and head of a lion, the head of a goat and the tail of a snake) moves to the opposite direction of the horseman. The open mouth of the creature is pierced by the pole of the spear, while the goat’s and snakes heads exhale their last breath.

This iconography strikes our visual memory, because it is close to the representation of the horseback saints, such as St. George. Nevertheless, this representation stylistically refers to the early Middle Ages, during which the cult of this saint had not appeared in the West yet.

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Mystic Messenger MMORPG AU

I’ve always wanted to do a really detailed, indepth Mystic Messenger MMO AU but here’s the summarized gist of it I’ve had knocking around in my head for awhile.

The RFA - short for Rika Family Atelier - is a mercantile guild (with a heavy emphasis on charitable philanthropy) that exists within the hot new virtual reality MMORPG, Mystic Message Online. It’s lead by V, who is one of the lead art directors of C&R Development (who manages and funds the game), though company policy demands that those who work at C&R keep their admin accounts and personal accounts entirely separate. The RFA is given some leeway in this, due to V and Jumin being the founders of the game, but they still try to remain a sense of propriety about it all. Mystic Message Online was Rika, Jumin, and V’s childhood fantasy game, the thing that they always wanted to create. Rika was the programmer, V was the art director, and Jumin both provided the funding and did the company work that all games need to succeed. Together, they started a game that exploded in popularity, and has now become a worldwide sensation.

Back in the glory days of the guild, the RFA used to organize server-wide events within the community to help people socialize, make connections, and have fun. They frequently provided tutoring for newbies, created compendiums and guides for the playerbase, and in general were a welcome and loved presence in Mystic Message Online. Most famously, they coordinated enormous and expansive player-run markets, as the crafting/trading aspect of Mystic Messenger Online is particularly robust. However, after Rika’s peculiar and strange death, V practically abandoned his ‘for fun’ characters in favor of work… and the RFA has since stagnated without an active leader.

The RFA gets shaken up when, in a strange turn of events, Rika logs on again - except, it’s not Rika. Its MC, having been told to access RIka’s account by a strange e-mail sent to them the day they bought a copy of Mystic Message Online…


Yoosung plays a holy paladin who’s always helping newbies in the starting area. He’s pretty generous with his items, and he quasi-roleplays with the rest of the RFA where he dramatically says he’ll protect them from all harm. He’s pretty good at his class - which isn’t surprising, considering that he is online 24/7, much to the detriment of his real life. On his own time, he tries to organize events for the community, but it’s very difficult without the backing of the rest of the RFA. He loves dungeoning, raiding, and chasing after the latest rumors he’s read on the forum. 

He’s easily taken in by scams, and he really, really hates Player Killers.

Zen plays a bard, and he works as a voice actor for C&R. Every character he voices is incredibly popular, and he has a blog where he’ll fill silly requests for the community. He’s stopped playing the game mostly, instead hanging out in cities to network (and be fawned over) by other players… which makes Yoosung particularly sad, since they used to go on tons of quests and dungeon runs together. Zen is, honestly, a bit burned out on the game, and only sticks with it because he works with the company. When “Rika” logs in again though, his interests is certainly piqued… 

Jaehee plays a cleric, and she’s the saltiest, most tired healer on the planet. She usually logs on in tandem with Jumin, as after she’s done running around the office for him, she duos quests and heals him in dungeons. It’s a bit exploitative, and Jaehee is always tempted to just let Jumin die. She is afraid she’ll be fired if she does that, however. Jaehee wasn’t around when the guild was big into the mercantile and shopkeeping aspect of Mystic Messenger Online, which makes her really sad, because she’s always wanted to pursue a crafting profession… maybe cooking?

Jumin, the heir of C&R, is a wizard who spends at least half his time taking screenshots of his familiar, Elizabeth the III. He’s socially oblivious, has no concept of online decorum, and is the kind of guy who’d roll ‘Need’ on an item because it looks cool. He is also an absolute encyclopedia of information about Mystic Message Online, so if you need to know how to do something, how to solve a quest, or where something is, ask Jumin. Of course, he doesn’t really offer this information unless you specifically ask…

Seven is C&R’s lead programmer (taking over after Rika, the old lead programmer), and the reason why Mystic Message Online has so many ridiculous and weird, quirky features is DIRECTLY because of him. He’s frequently caught up in passion projects, and he loves pitching bizarre, horrible dungeon mechanics that make people suffer. Despite Yoosung’s begging, he will not give him advanced information about anything going into the game. His main character is a mechanic - a class focused on making and controlling robots, turrets, and technological magic - but he has a number of side characters, including one who he has in a prominent PK-ing guild. Vanderwood is part of this guild as well.

V is an illusionist, which is a special brand of magic user that focuses on buffing allies and debuffing enemies. He never logs in anymore, instead throwing most of himself into his duties at the company… or that’s what he says, at least. V was honestly never very good at the game when he played. Jumin always had to explain things to him, take care of him, and tell him what to do. They had a lot of fun though, especially when they were first developing the game…

Unknown is… a mysterious presence within the game. He appears to have a glitched avatar, and he also seems to have strange admin powers. Following the appearance of MC are a number of other strange elements in the game, such as a odd, out-of-the-blue update which adds an entirely new area to the game, along with a faction called ‘Mint Eye’. They seem to be a religious faction, but all the NPCs aligned with Mint Eye seem…. really developed and advanced?! Almost like they’re indistinguishable from real people…

Vanderwood is a PKer with no association to C&R beyond knowing Seven. They’re pals online, and Vanderwood is kind of a shitty person who likes hunting other people down to blow off stress from their demanding and stressful dayjob. However, they get really, really curious about the new ‘Mint Eye’ quest, and start pursuing it with Seven, who is very, very confused about all of this content thAT HE DID NOT DEVELOP, WORK ON, OR KNOW ABOUT IN ANY CAPACITY. Their quest to uncover the truth is interrupted by something, however.

Following the update, no one in the game can log out.

anonymous asked:

did you watch the criminal minds episode of singapore lmao im just cringing

I wanted to do an answer post here( I’ll make one ltr/tmr) and do a full analysis but omfg. Why does hollywood depicts some countries as  crap looking …. Under Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC), Singapore is considered as a global city that is comparable to Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Sydney so idk wtf are they thinking?  first of all….

LIKE WHERE ARE ALL THE MOUNTAINS??? THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN WE HAVE A 163.3 METERS HILL SO I’M SURE THIS AIN’T SINGAPORE

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America needs a network of rebel cities

…radical municipalism has a proud history in the US. One hundred years ago, the “sewer socialists” took over the city government of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ran it for almost 50 years. They built parks, cleaned up waterways and, in contrast to the tolerated level of corruption in neighboring Chicago, the sewer socialists instilled into the civic culture an enduring sense that government is supposed to work for all the people, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

More recently, too, cities have been proving their ability to lead the national agenda. In the last few years alone, over 200 cities have introduced protections against employment discrimination based on gender-identity and 38 cities and counties have introduced local minimum wages after local “Fight for 15” campaigns.

Now we need a dual municipalist strategy that includes both supporting and putting pressure on existing progressive city governments from the streets, and standing new candidates with new policy platforms in upcoming local elections so that we can change institutional politics from within.

As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are uniquely able to generate new, citizen-led and participatory models of politics that return a sense of agency and belonging to people’s lives.

Cities are spaces in which we can talk about reclaiming popular sovereignty for a demos other than the nation, where we can reimagine identity and belonging based on participation in civic life rather than the passport we hold.

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Researchers have discovered a vast network of hidden cities laying deep under the lush Cambodian jungle near the medieval mega-city of Angkor Wat. The cities range from 900 to 1,400 years old and at their peak around the year 1,100 may have made the Khmer regime in Angkor the biggest empire on the planet. The team has made groundbreaking discoveries that promise to upend key assumptions about south-east Asia’s history.

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Google Fiber is losing its second CEO in less than a year

(There’s another shake up in Google Fiber’s leadershipGeorge Frey/Reuters)
Google Fiber, the high-speed internet service operated by Alphabet, has lost its second CEO in less than a year. 

Gregory McCray is stepping down from the CEO job of Access, the Alphabet subsidiary that houses the Fiber unit, Google confirmed to Business Insider on Monday.

The change is the latest shake-up at Access, which announced in October that it would stop rolling out its 1 gigabit per second wired broadband networks to new cities and focus on newer, wireless options, such as the Webpass wireless service it acquired last year.

The Access group also had layoffs towards the end of 2016 and shifted hundreds of other employees to different units within Google earlier this year.

Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in an emailed statement to Business Insider on Monday that the company is “committed to the success of Google Fiber” and was looking for new leader for the business.

“We are serving not only our core Fiber cities but also others through Webpass. Fiber has a great team and I’m confident we will find an amazing person to lead this important business,” Page said in the statement on Monday, following the news, which was first report by Bloomberg. 

Craig Barratt, the head of Google Access, stepped down from the top job at the time. And Google hired McCray in February.  McCray was the CEO of Aero Communications before taking the job at Alphabet. His departure after only five months on the job is likely to revive questions about the future of the Access division when Alphabet holds its Q2 earnings conference call next week. 

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One of the rare occasions Obama spoke the truth back in 08’.
The irony of truth.  In 2016 Obama states that no one is more fit than Hillary.  Indeed.  No one is more fit to continue Obama’s and his owners efforts to transform America and destroy the sovereignty and take away Our God given inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Greed and corruption are prerequisites to political advancement by the global elite establishment. This is why there is such backlash against Trump, Trump is NOT an establishment hack, in fact he has always been a competitor, therefore Trump is the greatest threat to their dominion over America via their effective use of silent weapons for quiet wars, economic stagnation, de-industrialization and socialism to maintain a “benevolent despotism” and keep the people poor, angry and divided so they never awaken to the stealth multi-national power that controls America from behind the scenes at the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, whose stated goal since its founding in 1921 is to create a one world government. THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY!

Hillary Clinton seeks to continue the Great Work and furthering
Obama’s efforts to destroy America for the multinational elite who own both political parties.

The global elite puppet masters do their best to chose likeable, corrupt traitors like Obama and Hillary to exploit their cult of personality iconography and execute their treasonous plans of the Great Work: A one world global totalitarian socialist government that illegally supercedes US law. Republicans and the Republican establishment are owned by the same special interests that own the democrat party. This should be obvious to anyone paying attention, especially during this election cycle. WAKE UP!

We see these special interest who wrote Obamacare.  We see these same special interest pushing United Nations Agenda 2030, the TPP and UN interference in all aspect of American life, such as with the STRONG CITIES NETWORK. Gibson Guitars fell prey to Agenda 2030 for not producing their guitars in Madagascar where they purchased the wood and were fined $2 million.

This collectivism continues to happen to American businesses across the country who hare being stifled and shuttered due to designed job killing over regulations to kill competition to the special interests. A child could figure this out. We must remove the mainstream media propaganda blinders from Our eyes and see the world as it really and the severe threat America faces from globalism and the globalists.

Example: the UN STRONG CITIES NETWORK has being implemented to stop violent extremism without a world of mention of the only truly active violent extremists: Radical Islam. And now and the US has given up stewardship of the internet to the UN and Obama is calling for  censorship of alternative media who have exposed the ongoing lies and deceptions of the MINISTRY OF TRUTH to keep the mass herds of indoctrinated, brainwashed sheople in the dark and quell opposition to their totalitarian goals.

We are living in Orwell’s 1984, people.  Did I mention the NSA spy scandal, or the IRS scandal, endless wars and destabilization.  The rise of totalitarian socialism is upon us all.  DEATH TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER!

There are a number of reasons why city governments are particularly well-placed to lead resistance to Trumpism. Most obviously, much of the popular opposition to Trump is physically located in cities. With their younger, more ethnically diverse demographics, urban voters swung heavily against Trump and, in fact, played a large role in handing Hillary Clinton the majority of the national popular vote. Not only did Clinton win 31 of the nation’s 35 largest cities, but she beat Trump by 59% to 35% in all cities with populations of over 50,000. In most of urban America, then, there are progressive majorities that can be harnessed to challenge Trump’s toxic discourse and policy agenda.

But alternative policies will not be enough to create an effective challenge to Trump; different ways of doing politics will also be needed, and local politics has great potential in this regard. As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are uniquely able to generate new, citizen-led and participatory models of politics that return a sense of agency and belonging to people’s lives. This new process must have feminism at its heart; it must recognize that the personal and the political are intimately connected, something that is clearer at the local level than at any other.
Laser Scans Unveil a Network of Ancient Cities in Cambodia

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA — For decades, archaeologists here kept their eyes on the ground as they tramped through thick jungle, rice paddies and buffalo grazing fields, emerald green and soft with mud during the monsoon season.

They spent entire careers trying to spot mounds or depressions in the earth that would allow them to map even small parts of Angkor, the urban center at the heart of the Khmer empire, which covered a vast region of what is now Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos from roughly A.D. 802 to 1431. In modern times, little material evidence existed beyond a network of monumental stone temples, including the famed Angkor Wat, and the sprawling settlements that presumably fanned out around the temples long since swallowed up by the jungle.

But earlier this year, the archaeologists Shaun Mackey and Kong Leaksmy were armed with a portable GPS device containing data from an aerial survey of the area that is changing the way Angkor is studied. Read more.

Networked Cities

Computer networks are merging with the physical infrastructure of the city in order to track how people use the city space.  This makes once passive objects, like streets, active producers of data informing decisions about urban planning and policy. Embedded sensors are currently producing a large amount of data.  The network technology can visualise city traffic flow, see where people move during the day, see how people use their cell phones as they are on the move, track criminal activity and allow us to communicate with one another. As Popupcity.net notes, “Often this data is not stored or collected. Often it is stored without being shared."  We are just beginning to explore the possibilities of a networked city, where "objects will cease being passive and evolve into being active, responding to activity happening in real time and facilitating and contributing to networks of social exchange and discourse, rearranging the rules of occupancy and patterns of mobility within the physical world.”

“We are surrounded by objects and spaces that have their own network and identity. their own informational shadow… Our urban places are increasingly becoming characterised in formats that are machine readable, human readable.  They are telling us about themselves. They are speaking themselves to us. We are surrounded by objects that are capable of gathering, processing, transmitting information.” - Adam Greenfield

His company Urbanscale makes cities easier to understand, more pleasant to use and live in and more responsive to the desires of their inhabitants.

A talk from Adam Greenfield that gives a good overview of how public objects can be connected - click here to watch.

An essay presenting possibilities for the networked city:  A Manifesto for Networked Objects - Cohabitating with Pigeons, Arphids, Aibos in the Internet of Things

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Adam Greenfield on Connected Things & Civic Responsibilities in the Networked City

How Ants Go Marching and Never Cause Traffic Jams

by Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science

The old children’s song about marching ants is a good explanation for why traffic engineers love them.

Ants – most are teeny creatures with brains smaller than pinheads – engineer traffic better than humans. Ants never run into stop-and-go-traffic or gridlock on the trail. In fact, the more ants of one species there are on the road, the faster they go, according to new research.

Researchers from two German universities, the Universities of Potsdam and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, found a nest of black meadow ants (Formica pratensis) in the woods of Saxony. The nest had four trunk trails leading to foraging areas, some of them 60 feet long. They chose a small area and set up a camera that took time-lapse photography, and recorded the ants coming through the zone.

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The next civil rights issue of our time
How transportation racially divides us, according to a new federal complaint in Baltimore.

Earlier this year, Maryland’s new Republican governor, Larry Hogan, canceled a long-planned new transit line across Baltimore, angering city officials and residents in the mostly-black urban neighborhoods that stood to gain from the new Red Line. What’s more: Hogan announced that he would spend the state money instead on roads, highways and bridges outside Maryland’s largest city.

That decision, civil rights groups said Monday in a complaint filed with the federal Department of Transportation, violated the Civil Rights Act. By nixing the transit project — particularly in favor of rural and suburban highway funding — the state will disproportionately harm African Americans, they allege. And, they add, the move follows a long history in which transportation decisions in Baltimore in particular have destroyed black neighborhoods, robbed their residents of job access, and helped cement inequality there.

“My hope is that with the filing of this complaint, people will understand that transportation is also a civil rights issue,” says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the LDF.

Transportation determines whether the unemployed can reach jobs. It affects how long workers must commute — and the time they lose with their families. It affects air quality and housing options and where children go to school.

As much attention as we give to the trial of the officers who were charged in the killing of Freddie Gray,” she says, “we should give to a decision that implicates 10,000 construction jobs and billions of infrastructure investment in Baltimore that were eliminated in a single day, by a single decision, made by a single person.”

The particular transit line at issue would have crossed the city from east to west for 14 miles, connecting neighborhoods with high unemployment and low car ownership to jobs centers downtown and on the city’s edge. Today, the city has just one existing light rail line running from north to south (along with one heavy-rail line), an anemic network relative to cities like Washington and Philadelphia.

read more: washpo, 22.12.15.
photos: flickr/t55z, Mr.TinDC, southerncalifornian

“Empowering Maryland Through Transit” = Disempowering Already-Disadvantaged Populations By Not Providing Transit. 

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Today’s cutscene cap harvest:

-At this point in the story, things may have shifted enough that a lot of explanation happened outside of cutscenes.  Thus we move on from Cid and the spy to meeting Louisoix at Apkallu Falls in Gridania. 

-The adventurer was assigned to retrieve an Inferno Flambeau and bring it to him.  This object would give the adventurer access to Ifrit without the unwanted Amalj’aa escort party.  Many others have tried to face Ifrit and failed.

-After Ifrit’s defeat, the adventurer prepares to leave back through the Aether Node they came from, but not before being met by one very important witness and his posse.

-I didn’t take any screenshots of the intro to the Ifrit fight.  You guys have seen it hundreds of times already, the intro to the fight in 1.0 was different from the earlier storyline cutscene (the better intro imho), but was basically the same as the fight intro in ARR.

-Aether Nodes don’t exist in ARR, but there were a handful of scattered nodes in 1.0.  These existed in some of the outlying areas, away from settled encampments. Nophica’s Wells had one.  These were just upwellings of aether,  but they functioned similarly to aetherytes and the aether networks in cities.  You had to attune to them to have ready access to those locations.  Primals had red aether nodes rather than their own aetherytes, and the red ones made a terrible high pitched keening sound.  I had to turn my volume way down when I was near them.

-Aside from the Inferno Flambeau you could also collect Inferno Tapers and trade in a certain number of those to get a Flameau.  Repeating Primal fights meant farming items such as the tapers, Vortex Headdresses, and keystones - the latter to challenge Garuda and Good King Moggle Mog.  The standard fights were way more challenging than the Ex versions in ARR in my opinion.  And…. I still have a few dozen of each of these items on my retainers even now.